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Monday, January 21, 2008

My First PMC Ring...

Just so you know, this post is going to be picture heavy.

Well, here are the pictures of my first ever anything made out of Silver Art Clay. I fashioned this ring off of a piece of silverware (see my previous post). I found that working with the polymer clay some what useful, but Art Clay is a creature all its own. I really like how the band turned out, but the place where it joined was not very... elegant. I tried to make it easier on the eyes by adding a little space for some polymer clay to act as a kind of focal point, but my execution of that element was lacking. Gluing an expensive crystal to it (you know, the one with the hard to pronounce name) didnt make it any more appealing. Also, I decided I wanted to add some patina to add depth to my ring. I dont have any liver of sulfur, but I did notice that last time I washed out sea shells with bleach, my silver rings got tarnished right away. So, thinking myself clever, I poured some bleach in my sink and mixed it with water. I set the ring in it, and it sure did tarnish, but the bleach all settled to the bottom (I guess it is more dense than water) and just the BOTTOM of my ring tarnished. The top was absolutely untouched. Well, what a great misadventure! I will not be offering this ring in my shop for sale, but if someone really must have it, just email me. I am sure my next one will turn out better. I hope my learning curve is really steep, this stuff costs a fortune and I cant waste any of it!

7 comments:

High Desert Diva said...

hey...this is cool stuff
never heard of it before
I'll be interested to see future work

blest said...

I don't know anything about PMC technique yet - it's one of the things I'm hoping to learn this year! But I HONESTLY don't think that ring is ugly. It has a cool "found at the bottom of the ocean" look to it... like a treasure from some ancient Babylonian shipwreck.

CastoCreations said...

ROFL Hey...PMC is a difficult animal. It's hard enough to do flat pieces, let alone 3 D. So GOOD for you for trying it!!! I have everything I need to do it but haven't gotten the nerve up to actually do it.

Worse comes to worse you could always take off the crystal and clay and have it recycled for some extra money back. Refineries take fine silver and give cash. :)

Georganne said...

Very nice!

DivaDea said...

I wish these polls allowed comments - I wanted to say "makes you cool in a Homer Simpson sort of way..."

The rings are very cool - I'm not that brave :)

Kallia said...

Not a jeweler, but again, this looks very nice. Now I have to do a search to find out what PMC is.

Fuzzy Izmit said...

How did you know that the Simpsons is one of my favorite show! Bonus blog points to you divadea!

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